Cork Business League Weekly Roundup
NEXT Sunday morning’s 65TH Sports Gear Direct Mooney Cup Final between holders Satellite Taxis and Quinlan’s Bar at Turner’s Cross, (kick-off 11am ),has the makings of a classic as two of the more attractive footballing teams square up for the first team in the blue ribbon trophy of the league’s calendar, writes Finbarr Buckley.
Satellite will be attempting to become only the 7th team to win back to back trophies while Quinlan’s will go all out to avenge the heartbreaking final defeat to northside rivals Doolan’s Cow two years ago. Their five previous meetings all took place in the league and couldn’t be more evenly poised with two wins each and a draw. Referee Denis Cronin will be in the middle for his third Mooney decider having officiated at the 2013 tie between Anglers Sports Lounge and Marlboro Trust as well as last season’s contest between Satellite and ALPHA SüD. His assistants Yves Kriwan, last year’s referee-of-the-year ,and Stephen Madine also made up the trio in last season’s final. A souvenir colour match programme will be available to all on admission.
Sports Gear Direct Premier Division
Doolan’s Cow 5 – 1 Satellite Taxis
Doolan’s Cow eased to a comfortable win over Satellite Taxis to move within touching distance of a third title success in four years. Keeper James Murphy’s clearance sent Aaron Hennessy away to skilfully beat two defenders before arching a shot over the advancing Cian Hammond for one-nil in the 12th minute. Within four minutes the hosts had stretched their lead following a Liam Horgan corner which Brian Harris headed across for Tony O’Reilly to hit the crossbar, James Cotter reacting quickest to knock in the rebound. Mark Maher reduced the deficit following a corner in the 24th minute from an tremendous volley which flew into the top corner. However, Horgan tapped in a third for the hosts ten minutes later to end Satellite’s title challenge for another year. The two McCarthy’s Ian and Stephen wrapped to the points in the second 45 to leave their side six points from glory. O’Reilly, Roy McCarthy and James O’Shea impressed for the winners.
Cork International 1 – 8 UCC United
Champions UCC plunged Cork International further into relegation trouble with Aaron O’Sullivan (3), Gokhan Dumlupinar (2), Eric Montgomery, Jack Murphy and Walter Messina all getting on the scoresheet at Garryduff. Luca Lanzilli replied with a consolation for the home team.
Sports Gear Direct First Division
Cork Eagles PFC 1 – 2 SCS Crookstown United
Crookstown went top for the first time after a 9th campaign win took them above Co. Council on goal difference with two matches in hand. Tomorrow night’s first meeting between the two contenders at The Regional Pk. could prove decisive in the destination of the championship. A fortuitous Michael Kelleher shot from way out on the left bounced over the keeper to give the visitors a one-nil half-time lead. Despite being reduced to ten after a sending off, keeper Tim Irwin’s long delivery was picked up by Martin O’Sullivan whose cross was neatly headed in by Liam Wall to increase Crookstown’s lead in the 67th minute. The Eagles threw everything at their opponents from there on and despite losing a player themselves to a second yellow card offence, halved the deficit with two minutes remaining when Pawel Orlowski’s free-kick beat the wall and Irwin. Liam O’Sullivan, Michael Deasy and the consistent Colm Crowley shone for the visitors.
Dalton’s Pharmacy 1 – 0 VoxPro
In-form Dalton’s continue their rise up the table by edging out VoxPro who remain second from bottom two points adrift of Abtran. Paulo Santos scored the game’s only goal from a penalty midways through the second-half.
Abtran 1 – 2 OBS
Donal Coakley’s OBS kept their promotion aspirations alive after a must-win 2-1 victory over third from bottom Abtran. Mike Brown opened the scoring in the 27th minute when he turned in Jack Cotter’s cross. Arainn McGrath played himself in on goal to net a second in the 65th minute. Ross Daly pulled one back for Abtran with two minutes remaining. Ruairi Murphy, Andy McGarry and keeper Keith Daly were solid throughout for the winners.
Dell EMC 0 – 1 Planet (Cork)
A Ryan Teele strike took Planet above Dell EMC in the table and up to twenty-one points. Wide players Dave Busteed and Karl O’Reilly were Dell’s biggest threat up front.
20/20 Glazing 4 ; Cork Hospitals 1
Glazing got back to winning ways with a 4-1 win over bottom club Cork Hospitals at Mayfield Pk. Fionn Hennessy grabbed a hat-trick with Gary Cronin also among the goals. James Carroll got the Hospitals back to 3-1 earlier in the contest.